The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC CTU) is a university institute of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). CIIRC CTU was founded on July 1, 2013 by the former rector of CTU prof. Václav Havlíček.
Objectives of CIIRC CTU
One of the main objectives of the CIIRC is to integrate information and cybernetic research and education at the CTU, building on the links to the out-of-city centers as well as on strong links with international research centers.
The CIIRC creates research and pedagogical workplace in scientific atmosphere, pleasant conditions for work and, in a number of areas, brings results at the world’s top research level.
The Institute opens its doors to experts from home and abroad who can become a part of the CIIRC CTU team or cooperate with it. A very significant part of the cooperation is also connected with other parts within CTU, but also with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with the industry and similarly oriented foreign institutions.
Present and near future
Since its inception CIIRC CTU has been constantly growing and its goal is to recruit up to 350 employees, especially researchers and PhD students. In April 2017, the institute moved to a new building, which was built at the CTU premises in Prague, Dejvice.
One of the key tasks is not only to link research results with university teaching, to attract students from the master’s and doctoral study programs to research, but also to comply with the needs of industrial and clinical practice.
CIIRC CTU represents a place of interdisciplinary cooperation which is natural for informatics, robotics and cybernetics. It opens the gates and greatly supports the transfer of know-how towards industry or other practices and, above all, leads its staff.
The area of expertise
The CIIRC is a rapidly developing research institute, which also focuses on the teaching of students and technology transfer to industry. Its fields of interest are, for example, automatic control and optimization, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer vision and machine learning, designing software systems, designing decision and diagnostic systems and their applications in medicine, energy transport, including smart homes and smart cities.
The CIIRC CTU became the center of support for industry 4.0 and the headquarters of the National Center for Industry 4.0. Within this center, the first extensive Testbed for Industry 4.0 is being developed primarily for the advanced development and transfer of technologies and solutions for Czech small and medium-sized companies.